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Book Boxes

Providing an Abundance of Books Wherever Families Are

Book Harvest Book Boxes are filled with dozens of new and gently used, culturally inclusive children’s books. The brightly colored green and orange boxes are regularly stocked with books from Book Harvest, ensuring that children and families have reliable, steady access to high-quality books to harvest and keep. 

What are Book Boxes?

Book Harvest's Book Boxes are colorful, outdoor book hubs placed in community settings that families frequent. In close collaboration with community partners, Book Boxes are installed in front of child care centers, public parks and recreation centers, faith communities, social service agencies, health clinics and schools.


They are filled with dozens of books in English and Spanish for children of all ages; engaging titles that children and families can choose to take home and build their own home libraries.


Why Book Boxes Matter

Our goal is to provide more children with the opportunities to build home libraries – an essential foundation for language and literacy development.

• Access to free books is essential to close the equity gap for people living in poverty. [1]


 A network of community partners/partnerships results in enhanced family engagement. [2]


 When families have easy access to books, they develop reading routines at home. [3]

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The Book Boxes are a wonderful new amenity at the recreation centers! By promoting literacy and fostering love of books, they help us achieve our mission of connecting our whole community to wellness, the outdoors, and lifelong learning.

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How Book Boxes Work

Book Harvest team members and volunteers design, construct, and install easily recognized Book Boxes in partnership with local community organizations and businesses. These colorful book hubs provide children and families with an abundance of free books in the places they go in their everyday lives.

Questions? Contact Associate Director of Community Engagement, Caitlyn Bergmann, at

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Find a Book Box

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Thank you to our Book Box funders: City of Durham, Duke Energy Foundation, JES Avanti Foundation, The Jandy Ammons Foundation, United Therapeutics

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